I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years now. And by “seriously” I mean writing novels and short stories with an eye toward publication. I’ve published one nonfiction book, and one work of autobiographical fiction. I also coach writers, so I’ve edited countless manuscripts.
Last month I finished the first draft of my next nonfiction book. I’ve spent the last year reading and researching, and the past six months painstakingly writing out each chapter. “I’ve got this,” I thought to myself all summer long. “I finally know what I’m doing.”
Then, a week ago, I read through the entire first draft.
And immediately went into the black pit of despair.
If you’re a writer you know what it’s like to have a “writer’s brain.” You meet people for one second and get caught up fantasizing about their life stories. Your imagination goes into overdrive just from hearing a song on the radio. You get so attached to characters in books that you have extreme emotional reactions whenever anything bad happens to them.
Your brain never stops moving. It never stops plotting, dreaming, building, investigating, and finding new roads to travel down.
This is the blessing of being a writer—and the curse.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and to celebrate I’m offering the eBook of my recently released addiction memoir, Between the Shadow and Lo, for only 99 cents now through Sunday (Oct 29).
It’s dark, it’s somewhat sinister, and it features a narrator who can’t stop getting drunk and roaming the rainy midnight streets of Seattle.
Edgar Allan Poe would definitely approve.
I know we’ve all got an inbox full of blog posts to be read, but trust me, if you’re serious about nurturing your creativity then you NEED to make room for these 5 little powerhouses that will rock your creative world.
Hello everyone! Fellow blogger of A Writer’s Path, Ryan Lanz, has announced the launch of his new initiative: A Writer’s Path Writers Club.
After looking at the writing market for years, Ryan noticed a need for a Writers Club of this kind. Sure, there are Facebook groups, writers groups, etc., but there aren’t many associations that are more than just a gathering of writers.
Ryan wanted to create a club where the sole purpose of it is to solve headaches for writers. Here are some of the headaches he’s looking to solve: